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Tea Temperature
What's the optimal brewing temperature for black tea?
Beer
Beer
It’s not just for guzzling. We use beer’s flavor and fizz in dozens of recipes.
Coconut Water vs. Coconut Milk
What is the difference between coconut water and coconut milk?
Why Ice Cream Might Make You Thirsty
Why does ice cream make some people thirsty?
Tannins in White Wine
Can white wines be tannic, like red wine?
Cooking Wines and Spirits
Wines and other spirits can add acidity, sweetness, or complex flavor to an array of dishes—both sweet and savory. Here are the ones that we like to keep handy.…
Canned Coconut Milk vs. Carton-Packed Coconut Milk Beverage
What's the difference between canned coconut milk, and the boxed stuff in the beverage aisle next to the soy milk?
Substituting Vermouth for White Wine in Cooking
If you don't drink much white wine, but need it for cooking once in a while, it may go bad before you finish the bottle. Is there a substitute that keeps better…
Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee vs. Regular Coffee Poured Over Ice
Why is cold-brewed iced coffee so much better than regular coffee poured over ice?
Cider Substitute
Can’t find apple cider? Here’s an easy substitution that can be used in any cider-centric recipe.
Cooking with Wine
Which wines are the best for cooking—and which ones you should avoid.
Instant Coffee Versus Espresso
Can instant coffee and instant espresso be used interchangeably in recipes?
Straining Apple Cider
Why you should strain heated apple cider and the best way to do it.
Brain Freeze
What exactly is brain freeze?
Tips For Smoothies
Here are a few guidelines for making the perfect smoothie.
Storing Coffee Beans
What’s the best way to store whole coffee beans?
No More Bitter Tea
For the best brew, avoid these tea-making mistakes.